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9/11 Museum opens Wednesday to the public

The exterior of the 9/11 museum
The exterior of the 9/11 museum
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The National September 11 Museum in Manhattan opens to the general public on Wednesday, a few days after a dedication last week and a period of time that allowed only victims' family members, rescue workers and select others to tour the museum located at Ground Zero. This report appeared in today's (May 19) issue of The Staten island Advcance and

"Controversy swelled Monday over the gift shop at the 9/11 Museum, which sells everything from earrings and silk scarves to coffee mugs, hoodies, key chains, and stuffed animals," added the report.

Those wishing to tour the museum can purchase tickets in advance on the museum's website, though tickets for the opening on Wednesday, May 21, are sold out, according to the website.

Adult tickets to the museum are $24, senior tickets are $18, U.S. veteran tickets are $18, U.S. college student tickets are $18, and youth tickets for those who range in age between 7 and 17 are $15. Admission is free for 9/11 family members, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers and museum members. Free admission is available to all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors can explore the museum alone, or opt to join a 60-minute guided tour of the museum. Tours can also be booked online, though all guided tours in May are sold out, according to the museum's website. The museum is open daily starting Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., through Sept. 21, 2014. The last entry is at 7 p.m. From Sept. 22 through Dec. 31, the museum's will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

So Staten Islanders eager to view this museum should plan to book early for the Tuesday night viewings of the museum. The museum that has been in planning stages for many years, has raised issues of controversy and also memories as visitors to the museum relive the horror, sadness, and anger that they first experienced on September 11, 2001. We can never forget, so by visiting the memory of that horrific day we can remember, offering all of us memories of regret and hope for the future of our city. We can never forget what happened during the tragedy. It is by remembering that we can move forward as a city, a nation, and as a common people forever linked by the tragic memories of that unforgettable day.